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The Latitudes Are on the Pumpkin

The frost may not be on the pumpkin here in the Bay Area, but the October Latitudes are.

The October Latitude 38 joins the pumpkin harvest at the Whole Foods stores in Mill Valley (yes, we have two).

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If you go to either Whole Foods store in Mill Valley to pick up a pumpkin, you’ll also be able to pick up the October issue of Latitude 38. (They won’t literally be on the pumpkins; check the rack where the free publications are kept.) To find a distributor near you, browse our online list. (As you’ll see when you click on this link, we are currently searching for an East Bay delivery route driver.) You can also read the magazine online.

The innards (of the magazine, not the pumpkins) include features on Rolex Big Boat Series; Delta Doo Dah X; offshore communications (with tips from Stan Honey); Olympic hopeful Helena Scutt; cruisers passing through the Bay Area on their way south; and a profile of Randall Reeves, the adventurous solo circumnavigator who just yesterday departed on his second Figure 8 Voyage attempt.

Loose Lips brings us caption contest responses and the elusive green flash. Sightings includes another solo adventurer, Lia Ditton, in a harrowing row down the coast to Santa Barbara; wildlife in the Baja Ha-Ha; US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program in San Francisco and Kimball Livingston’s interview with chief of Olympic sailing Malcolm Page; tales of Transbac deliveries; a life-or-death rescue in the Golden Globe Race; the restoration of a Cal 40 for the 50th Transpac; a local view on the settlement in a lawsuit stemming from a deadly storm in Mobile Bay, Alabama; and Short Sightings.

Max Ebb checks out a mash-up bicycle/windsurfer. Racing Sheet includes reports on the Jazz Cup, SSS Half Moon Bay Race, Laser Championships in Tahoe and Santa Cruz, and the ASMBYC Champion of Champions; snapshots of the Melges 24 Nationals, Windjammers Race and Resolute Cup; plus Race Notes and Beer Can Box Scores.

World of Chartering explores the San Juan Islands with a group of women from Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, takes on the multihull vs. monohull debate, and ends with Charter Notes. Changes in Latitudes features reports from Epifania on engine trouble, Avatar in the South Seas and Harlequin in the Pacific Puddle Jump, plus lots of Cruise Notes. All this in addition to Calendar, Letters, Classy Classifieds and useful display advertising.

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And he’s off . . . again. Yesterday, Randall Reeves set sail (or motor) on his 41-ft aluminum sloop Moli for his second attempt at the Figure 8 Voyage. 
San Francisco Fleet Week officially begins today, and the Coast Guard has been tasked with keeping everyone safe.
A second press release from the Coasties was waiting in our inbox when we logged in this morning, this one an alert for mariners in Southern California.
As was noted in Friday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha strongly urged people not to buy boats that have current Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) for Mexico, and/or didn’t properly clear out of Mexico.